Presidential Transition Update
Orinthia T. Montague, the fourth president in Tompkins Cortland Community College history, has been named the next president of Volunteer State Community College in Tennessee. Her last day at Tompkins Cortland will be August 23.
The Board of Trustees has named Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Paul Reifenheiser as the Administrator in Charge, beginning on August 24. He will serve in that capacity until the appointment of an Interim President by the College Board of Trustees and the SUNY Board of Trustees. The Interim President will lead while a search is conducted for the next president of Tompkins Cortland Community College.
Messages to the College community:
7/29/21 message from Board of Trustees Chair Ray Schlather
On behalf of the Board of Trustees I am delighted to announce that Dr. Paul Reifenheiser, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, has accepted the invitation to serve as the Administrator In Charge beginning August 24th.
He will succeed Dr. Orinthia Montague, who will leave her current position as president on August 23rd. The Board will continue to work on identifying an interim president with the assistance of the SUNY system.
I would like to thank all those who submitted nominations to fill this administrator in charge.
Please join me in congratulating Paul and welcoming him to his temporary role as administrator in charge.
Chair of the Board of Trustees
7/27/21 message from Board of Trustees Chair Ray Schlather
Dear Members of the TC3 Community,
The Board of Trustees received and formally has accepted Dr. Montague’s resignation as President of Tompkins Cortland Community College effective August 23, 2021. Dr. “O” has served the college well during a time of unprecedented challenge and uncertainty. We wish her much continued success in her new role. As we look to the future, the Board is appointing an Administrator in Charge (AIC) upon Dr. Montague’s departure. That individual will be appointed from the senior leadership of the college and will be announced shortly. The selected AIC will assume their role on August 24th. The AIC will lead the college for 60-90 days pending appointment of an Interim President by the TC3 Board and the SUNY Board of Trustees. Additionally, during the next 3-4 months, the Board will hire a search firm and will appoint a search committee. Stakeholders from across campus and the community will be part of the search committee. We look forward to hearing your voices during the search process for a permanent president.
Thank you for your continuing hard work and professional commitment to this great school.
Chair of the Board of Trustees
7/7/21 message from President Orinthia Montague
A few weeks ago I shared that I was a finalist for a presidential opportunity. Today I am writing to share that I have been offered and accepted the position pending Tennessee Board of Regents approval. My last day on campus will be August 23rd.
This is a bittersweet announcement for me. Leaving is not an easy decision. I came to TC3 in 2017 as a new president and have grown both personally and professionally during my time at the College. TC3 is an exceptional institution with tremendous faculty, staff, and students and gem within the SUNY system. But when I was approached to apply for this opportunity, I explored the possibilities and it became clear that this was an opportunity I could not pass up. I will go to Volunteer State Community College as a better version of myself, thanks in large part to my time within the TC3 community.
The TC3 Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting on Monday, July 12th to discuss a plan to continue the forward momentum of the College during this transition. Additional information will be shared with the College community after that meeting. In the meantime, please accept my thanks for your support, both in the past and moving forward. My heart is forever full of wonderful memories at TC3 and my door is forever open to all of my TC3 family.
Dr. Orinthia Montague